02 Feb Happiness through meditation
Influential people like Sonja Lyubomirsky, Tal Ben-Shahar, and Barbara Fredrickson advocate meditation as a positive intervention. This enthusiasm is probably driven by research suggesting that meditation can have a profound impact on health and well-being. For example meditation has been linked to higher levels of positive emotions, the ability to reframe negative events, the perception of having enough, lowered blood pressure, improved sleep, improved working memory, sustained attention, and improved relationships. Interestingly there is new research that suggests that mindfulness might be more effective than cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) when treating depression and stress. Remember CBT is the basis of popular positive psychological interventions such as the ABCDE approach.
Despite the research, very few people ever make a meditative practice part of their daily lives. The most commonly offered excuse is lack of time, which is understandable given that the proponents of most meditative practices suggest a minimum of 30 minutes practice per day.
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